This will be the fourth in a series of posts regarding the 2016 silly season. Longtime reader Ron Ford brought up a good question a couple of weeks ago when he asked how the silly season got its name. I really don’t know the answer and always considered it sort of a dumb (silly?) name. But since that’s what everyone calls it, I’ll play like a sheep, follow the crowd and do likewise. Besides; is it any worse than baseball’s Hot Stove League?
Chances are, if you are a casual fan of the Verizon IndyCar Series, you may have no idea who George Klotz is. Even if you are pretty much of a die-hard, you may have heard the name but have trouble remembering who he is. No, he is not the eighteenth-century German violin maker. For the past decade, George Klotz has been serving as Team Manager for Andretti Autosport. Klotz has been the one in the background, quietly overseeing four championships among four different drivers at Michael Andretti’s team since joining Andretti in 2002.
Over the years, I’ve never hidden the fact that I don’t follow the various ladder series for the Verizon IndyCar Series. One reason was that in the past, it was too fragmented and had no direction. In recent years, it’s been all consolidated under the Mazda Road To Indy program, or MRTI. This consolidation gave the entire ladder system the clarity that it needed. USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights is now the clear path to the Verizon IndyCar Series…or is it?
The Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for 2016 has yet to be released, but one little nugget has managed to surface. Despite months of teasing that the IndyCar season would start in February in Mexico City; reports have now surfaced that it will not be happening – at least in 2016.
This will be the third in a series of posts geared towards what I think a select few Verizon IndyCar teams with potential openings for next year should do. That’s in contrast with what I think they will do.
This is the second in a series of posts I am writing, about moves that I think some teams should make regarding their driver lineup for 2016. Last week I wrote that I thought that Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing should stay put as a two car team. Just hours before the post hit the website, it was announced that they were doing just that. Here’s hoping that there is no Sunday night pre-empting of this post.
One of the main comments that I read here and elsewhere is that fans don’t like Scott Dixon because they find him boring. Please excuse what will certainly come across as a sexist comment, but I’ll submit that anyone who can get, and keep, a wife like Emma Davies Dixon cannot possibly be boring.